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New Linksys mesh systems make Wi-Fi 6 affordable

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The Linksys Atlas 6 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system comes in multiple variations.
The Linksys Atlas 6 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system comes in multiple variations.
Photo: Linksys

Linksys launched two new Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems Tuesday. They’re for anyone hoping to find affordable home-internet options that support the fastest wireless speeds.

And the two mesh systems — Linksys Atlas 6 and the Linksys Hydra 6 — are the company’s lowest-cost such systems so far.

Linksys launches Atlas 6 and Hydra 6 Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems

Linksys said the Atlas 6 is a whole-home mesh wireless system is for hybrid work, online gaming, 4K TV streaming and more. The router is designed for use with internet service plans that offer up to gigabit speeds.

Each node features three 1GBbE Ethernet ports for connecting to devices. The system comes in three configurations. You can manage the Atlas 6 with the Linksys app. And you can adjust the mesh system with a different number of nodes.

The Linksys Atlas 6 launches in early summer and will be priced starting at $150.

There are three options:

  • 1-pack supports up to 25 devices and covers 2,000 square feet, $150.
  • 2-pack supports up to 50 devices and covers 4,000 square feet, $280.
  • 3-pack supports up to 75 devices and covers 6,000 square feet, $350.
They Linksys Hydra 6 is the more expensive and capable of the two mesh systems.
They Linksys Hydra 6 is an inexpensive but capable mesh system, Linksys said.
Photo: Linksys

The Hydra 6 is slightly more expensive at $180. It offers high-speed wireless data for up to 25 devices over 2,000 square feet. It’s a WiFi 6 dual-band mash router that delivers faster, more robust and more reliable connections than many low-cost routers, Linksys said.

Like the Atlas 6, the Hydra 6 is made for service plans up to a gigabit. Nodes have four 1GbE Ethernet ports for wired connections. Linksys also plans to begin selling the Hydra 6 in early summer, and both systems will be available from the Linksys website.